the people next door

Student Art, Video, and Creative Writing Contest

When we fail to learn from history, we risk repeating it. 

This contest is an opportunity for students to hear the stories of South Bend’s own Holocaust survivors, then creatively respond to their experiences in an original work of art or creative writing.

2024 Update

Unfortunately, logistical circumstances beyond our control have impacted the organizers' ability to host the Contest in 2024. 

We hope to continue the Contest in 2025, and invite educators to review the materials on this website. 

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2023 Prize winners

Congratulations to these students who have received award recognition from our 2023 contest judges. 

Virtual Exhibition 

To view or read the creative works of every student who participated in the 2023 contest, visit our Virtual Exhibition page.  

Cash Prizes

First ($300), second ($200), and third ($100) place cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Read more.

General Guidelines

About the contest, deadlines, and general rules. Read more.

Category Guidelines

Category Guidelines: Art

Category Guidelines: Video

Category Guidelines: Poetry

Category Guidelines: Prose

The people next Door

These are the stories of South Bend's own holocaust survivors. Watch their stories, or see additional resources on the history of the holocaust to inspire your creative response. Watch now.

2023 TPND Poster.pdf

Promotional Materials

2023 Poster - New Date (PDF)

2023 Flyer - New Date (PDF)

2023 Contest Packet.pdf

Contest Packet